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Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network (OKPAN)

“Bridging communities with a passion for the past through public education and outreach, research and teaching partnerships, and professional development opportunities.”

What is OKPAN?

The Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network, or OKPAN, is a program of the University of Oklahoma that serves as your connection to archaeology in the state of Oklahoma. We bridge all of Oklahoma’s communities with an interest in the past while promoting education, understanding, and outreach. At our heart, we aspire to promote a respectful exchange about Oklahoma’s past.

What We Do

OKPAN hosts a variety of educational outreach events and initiatives, including Oklahoma Archaeology Month each October and the biennial Oklahoma Archaeology Conference. We also offer educational resources, including a “Request an Archaeologist” program for K-12 classrooms as well as our “Archaeological Skills Workshop Series” for anyone wishing to learn more tools-of-the-trade. OKPAN is continuously developing new events and initiatives, so follow us to learn more about archaeology in Oklahoma…or contact us with ideas of your own!

Our Initiatives

Below are just a few of OKPAN's highlighted programs and initiatives. Click to learn more.


Learn new archaeological skills or brush up.


Stay connected with our online magazine.


Enjoy fun events every October.


Learn about K-12 archaeology curriculum.



“Sacred” means “set apart” from daily life. In what ways are sacred places significant to the people who care for them?

On January 21st, Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin, curator of anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona and professor of anthropology at Northern Arizona University, discussed the sacred places depicted in Corson Hirschfeld’s artworks and the cultural contexts of sacred places in the Southwest and Hawai’i. This event accompanied the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History exhibit "Places of Power: Painted Photographs of Sacred Landscapes by Corson Hirschfeld", which opened January 6th.